Thursday, June 12, 2008
Columbus State and CSEA agree to 3-year contractMembers of the Columbus State Education Association (CSEA) have voted to approve a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with Columbus State Community College.
Columbus State and CSEA representatives had reached tentative agreements May 23, after six weeks of negotiations. CSEA, which represents the college’s 269 full-time faculty, conducted voting over three days, and members voted 149 – 0 to ratify the agreement.
The new contract calls for annual raises of 3.75 percent, 3.75 percent and 3.6 percent, with annual adjustments in the base salary for each faculty rank. Other articles covered topics such as workload requirements, intellectual property rights, and guidelines for faculty assignments to the new campus under development in Delaware County. Both college administrators and union representatives expressed satisfaction with the new contract.
Columbus State President Valeriana Moeller said, “Both negotiating teams worked diligently over the past several weeks, and we truly appreciate the spirit of collaboration from the faculty. We all share a common commitment to our students, and this agreement establishes the foundation for a new era of cooperation and partnership between the faculty and the administration in serving our students and our community.”
CSEA President Darrell Minor was equally pleased.
“Given the difficult economic climate and demanding changes under way in Ohio’s institutions of higher education, we believe this is an excellent contract,” Minor said. “The college brought an admirable spirit of openness to the bargaining table, and although we had disagreements on several important issues, we were able to find common interests within those issues and conclude tentative agreements in a comparatively short time.”
Included in the agreement is a provision that will for the first time require nonmembers of the Association to pay a “fair-share” fee, which covers the cost of support services, representation in disciplinary actions, and a range of other legally mandated obligations of the Association. The provision, on which members and nonmembers voted separately from the contract ratification, was approved, 146 – 55.
The new contract will take effect July 1.
Amanda Darlene Woodward is conscientious, capable, and creative says her supervisor in the Communication Skills Department, Chair Lisa Schneider.
Woodward was named June Staff Employee of the Month in a ceremony held June 11.
Wait, make that four C’s—“She is considerate of everyone’s feelings,” says Schneider. “Because of her scope of knowledge, she can also handle most of our IT problems. She is organized and helps all of us to be so,” says Schneider.
Woodward’s nominator, Steve Abbott, says, “Darlene brought a refreshing tone of ‘can-do’ enthusiasm to the front desk, greeting students and visitors with a smile and genuine interest in service. Given the complexity and sometimes bewildering maze of college functions, confused students find reassuring understanding and helpful direction when they arrive in Nestor 420.”
“When she doesn’t know an answer, she’ll get on the phone and seek answers from other offices to make sure she’s not sending people to yet another desk,” adds Abbott. “She never even suggests the attitude of ‘that’s not my job.’”
“Her presence creates an atmosphere of cooperation and increased commitment to our collective work.”
More than 700 students have petitioned to graduate tomorrow at the Spring Quarter Commencement Ceremony, to be held at Veterans Memorial starting at 10 a.m. The commencement speaker will be Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents Eric D. Fingerhut. Commencement ceremonies held at Veterans Memorial are free and open to the public, but parking costs $5 in surrounding lots. The ceremony is expected to conclude at noon.
Groundbreaking for second campus in Delaware scheduled for July 9Although bulldozers are already humming on parts of the 108-acre Columbus State Delaware campus, an official groundbreaking ceremony will be held Wednesday, July 9, at 10:30 a.m., complete with plenty of ceremonial shovel wielding, speeches, snacks and a first look-see for many who have never been to the Winter Road/Route 23 location.
The 88,000 square-foot, $25 million academic building planned for the site has been designed, and general contractors have been selected, so construction is scheduled to begin immediately. Already on the land is an office building, which will be renovated for faculty and staff offices, and a barn building that will be used for equipment and storage.
The first classes on the second campus are planned for Spring Quarter 2010.
Delaware County officials, school administrators, chamber members and employees of Columbus State are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony, and the college will have a tour bus available to take up to 55 employees to the ceremony from main campus.
Muncy coordinating team for AIDS Walk July 12Anthony Muncy, Office Services, will lead a Columbus State team in the upcoming Columbus Aids Task Force Aids Walk for Central Ohio on July 12, beginning and ending at the Franklin Park Conservatory. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
Muncy is looking for team members and sponsors for the team. To take part in the AIDS Walk or for further information you can go to www.aidswalkcentralohio.org and register there. You have several options including: donate to team CSCC, be part of team CSCC, or start your own team. Just click on “register” and choose your option.
This is a link to the CSCC team page: http://www.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=272164&team=2816497 For more information email email@example.com or call him at (419)989-5668.
For Allen Frederick, being an environmental science, safety and health instructor for Columbus State means more than just teaching others about safety in the workplace; it means teaching others to care for themselves and their surroundings.
So when Frederick met someone who knew how to apply for alternative energy grants during a solar tour throughout Ohio, it made sense for him to become an active steward of the environment.
“It was a $30,000 investment, but I've been very fortunate because I got a grant for $15,000 from the Ohio Department of Development,” he explained.
He's referring to a piece of property in the Hocking Hills which now, because of the grant, has a wind turbine and solar panels to power his RV, maintenance shed, and soon a home.
“There's enough energy together to power a small home and I'm in the process of building a place there,” said Frederick.
For now though, Frederick enjoys the rolling countryside of Hocking County from inside his RV during his visits, and even sells excess energy to American Electric Power. Although AEP doesn't pay him for the power, they allow him to have a “bank of energy.”
“There is a bank of stored energy and other people on the electric grid can use it when I don't.” he explained. “During peak demands, where let's say it's a cloudy day and I don't have enough sunlight or wind, I'll use whatever they (AEP) owe me.”
As far as efficiency, Frederick believes his solar panels are more efficient than the wind turbine. “They even generate some energy from moonlight. At 9 p.m., it was registering energy. They are very efficient. I think the solar panels are by far the better investment,” he noted.
That same sentiment is echoed by Matthew Bennett, president of Dovetail Solar and Wind in Athens, who says businesses with solar panels recoup their investment in as little as seven years. “You get a great return on your investment, especially if you're a commercial business because you get better tax credits—up to 65 percent of the (initial installment) cost. The payback (to recoup costs) is seven years, but it will produce for 35 or 40 years.”
Residences, on the other hand, take up to 15 years to pay off because there aren't as many tax credits available. “There have been talks of changing that though,” he noted.
Bennett said Southeastern Ohio isn't the best place to have wind turbines either. “Southeastern Ohio doesn't have a lot of wind. It gets windy in certain seasons, but not year round. You need to have at least 11 mph wind speeds on average. Southeastern Ohio averages at about 10 mph. It doesn't seem like a big difference, but it adds up over time.”
The best place for wind turbines, according to Bennett, is in Northwest Ohio.